Linda Y. Bedford Jackson was named president of the University of Arkansas Black Alumni Society during a recent reunion gathering in Fayetteville. Jackson, who earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism in 1980 from the university, will serve a two-year term. She currently serves as director of communications and marketing at Huston-Tillotson University, which is a historically black institution located in Austin, Texas. Jackson also earned her master’s in business administration from LeTourneau University (Longview, Texas) in 1995 and completed the Harvard Management and Leadership in Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education, in 2005.
The Black Alumni Society was founded in 1998 by black alumni and friends and is a charter organization of the university’s Arkansas Alumni Association. The society was formed to foster communication, goodwill, and friendships among black alumni and the university community; to promote activities and recognize the history and contributions of black UA alumni; and to establish and award scholarships to currently enrolled black students.
Other officers are Dr. Bobby W. Jones, BS ’84 of Richmond Hill, Ga., as president-elect and John L Colbert BSE ’76, MED ’81 of Fayetteville as secretary. Newly elected board members are Latonya Foster, ’96 BA, Trent “T.A.” Walton, BSCHE ‘81, MSCHE ‘83, Marvin Caston, BA ‘00, MED ‘03, Dr. Christa Washington, BA ’00 and Ebony Oliver BSBA ’03, Jocelyn McDaniel, Black Students’ Association, president.
Remaining board members are Lott Rolfe, past president, BSE ’94, Carrol Williams Perkins, BA ’84, JD ’89, Gus Farver, BA ’82, Synetra Gilmer, BSBA ’04, Darryl Lunon, BSBA ’78, Kasey Carolina, Melisa Monts and Cedric Williams ’93 BSBA. Ex-officio members are Dee Dee Brown-Campbell, BSE ’02, MED ’03, and Parice Bowser. Angela Mosley Monts, BA ’80, Arkansas Alumni Association associate director will continue to serve as the BAS coordinator.
- Melisa Monts, 2011 Reunion
- Synetra Gilmer, 2011 Reunion Entertainment
- John L Colbert, 2011 Awards and Reunion Banquet
- Ella Lambey, 2011 Registration
- Gus Farver, 2011 Endowed Scholarship Golf Tournament
- Lindsey Leverett, Alumni Ambassador Chair
- Reggie and Willie Mae Murdock – Endowed Scholarship Chairs
- Celia Anderson – Communications Chair
- Parice Bowser – Greek Life Chair
- Karus Nelson – Young Alumni Chair
- Wyatt Weems – Legacy and Capital Chapter Liaison Chair
- Carrol Williams Perkins – Scholarship Chair
- Shonda Brown – Membership Chair
If you would like to serve on a committee please send your response to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate the committee you would like to serve on.
The Society would like to give special thanks to past board members for their service, time and devotion to the Black Alumni Society. Past board members are Wyatt Weems, past president, Gigi Secuban, BA ’95, MS ’01, Marita Steele and Lepaine McHenry, BSN ’93.